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Nonprofits' Executive Pay Should Be More Accessible
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Most nonprofit hospitals don't readily reveal the salaries and compensation packages of their top executives to public scrutiny. It's not hidden exactly, but neither is it readily available on a real-time basis. I respectfully suggest that the policy be changed. [Read More]

  June 27, 2011

Editor's Picks
Lax Rules for Medical Residents an 'Abuse of Trust'
A sweeping revamp of the rules that govern the nation's hospital residency programs is needed immediately to protect patients from the serious preventable errors that have been linked to the long working hours of exhausted physicians in training. That's the message from a group of more than two dozen patient safety, medicine and research organizations, who are calling for the implementation of recommendations set forward in 2009 by the Institute of Medicine. A white paper published in the current issue of the online journal Nature & Science of Sleep says the rules for residency training set to take effect on July 1 "stop considerably short" of patient safety best practices. [Read More]
Hospitals Deliver Mixed Messages on Wellness
Are healthcare workers really practicing what they preach in terms of wellness? The doctor's office has come a long way from the days when physicians used to puff cigarettes while diagnosing patients. Now smokers are shooed outside hospital walls for their nicotine fixes and more hospitals are putting hiring bans on those who smoke. There's a distinct disconnect between workers' weight and habits, and the image that their employers portray. [Read More]
Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
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Executives on the Move
CHICAGO: AMA introduces new officers
The American Medical Association introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago. Peter W. Carmel, MD, a pediatric neurosurgeon practicing in Newark, NJ was sworn in as the AMA's 166th president, while Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, a psychiatrist from Denver, CO, was named to the office of president-elect. [Read More]

BOSTON: Connors stepping down at Partners
Jack Connors, the Boston businessman and power broker who has been the highest profile figure at Partners HealthCare System Inc. for 15 years, will step down next summer as chairman of the region's largest hospital and doctors network. Under a succession plan developed earlier this year and shared with leaders of Partners hospitals at a meeting this spring, but not disclosed publicly, Connors, 69, will turn over the chairman's post to Edward P. Lawrence next July. Lawrence is a retired partner at the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray LLC and a neighbor of Connors. [Read More]

KANSAS CITY: Saint Luke's Health System appoints new CEO
Saint Luke's Health System has selected a new CEO to lead the regional health system. After a nationwide search, the organization named Melinda L. Estes, MD, as its new CEO. Estes, 58, brings extensive experience leading hospital systems, including Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. (where she is president/CEO) and Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and Naples, Fla. A board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, Estes also holds a Master's degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. She will replace current Saint Luke's Health System President and CEO G. Richard Hastings, who announced in January his plans to retire this summer. [Read More]

PROVIDENCE, RI: Keefe to lead Care New England group
The Care New England hospital group has selected the head of Massachusetts' only public hospital system as its new president/CEO. Dennis D. Keefe, CEO of the Cambridge Health Alliance, will take the helm on Aug. 1 of the group that encompasses Women & Infants Hospital, Butler Hospital and Kent Hospital. He succeeds the retiring John J. Hynes, who has led Care New England since its founding in 2006. Keefe, 61, has worked at the Cambridge Health Alliance since 2000, as CEO since 2002. [Read More]

WARNER ROBINS, GA: Martin named CEO at Houston Healthcare
Cary Martin will drop the interim from his title to become CEO of Houston Healthcare after a unanimous vote from its board of trustees. Martin had been acting as Houston Healthcare's interim CEO since May 2010, when then-CEO Grady "Skip" Philips was fired after serving in the role since 2008. At the time of Philips' departure, Martin was the chief operating officer of the organization. Before joining Houston Healthcare in 2008 as the administrator of ambulatory services, Martin served as the vice president of Taylor Healthcare Network in Hawkinsville. [Read More]

PEORIA, IL: Children's Hospital of Illinois president retires, interim named
There's a change of leadership at Children's Hospital of Illinois. President Paul Kramer is retiring after holding that title since 1998 and OSF named Mike Higgins to hold the spot in the interim. Higgins was a network development specialist and professional staff electronic medical records trainer at the hospital. President and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center, Keith Steffen says Higgins could be considered for the full time position. Steffen says the national search for a new president could take ten to twelve months. [Read More]

PATTERSON, CA: Vargas named CEO of health district
The Del Puerto Health Care District will have a new CEO in July after a vote Monday, June 20. The Del Puerto board voted 4-0 Monday June 20, to hire Chad Vargas, a dental site administrator for Golden Valley Health Centers, as the district's regular CEO. Board president Harold Hill was absent. Barry Hurd has served as the interim CEO while a search was conducted. [Read More]

MCPHERSON, KS: McPherson Hospital names new president
The McPherson Hospital Board of Trustees announced that Rob Monical has been named president of the hospital. Monical brings seven years of experience as CEO at critical access hospitals in Iowa and Texas. Since 2005, he has served as CEO of Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, IA. Monical is expected to join the hospital July 11. He succeeds Jim Chromik who is retiring after 3 1/2 years at the hospital. [Read More]

BEND, OR: Gomes named St. Charles-Redmond CEO
St. Charles Health System leaders announced that in addition to serving as CEO of Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville, Bob Gomes will also serve as acting CEO of St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond. Gomes has worked for St. Charles Health System since 2010, when he moved to Prineville from Helena, MT, where he served as vice president of physician services for St. Peter's Hospital. During his time with St. Charles, Gomes has proactively tackled the issue of physician recruitment in Prineville and, through community collaboration, has successfully brought several new care providers to the region. In addition, Gomes oversees AirLink's operations for the health system. [Read More]

AKRON, OH: OHA president to retire after 23 years
The Ohio Hospital Association announced that long-serving president/CEO James R. Castle will retire Dec. 31 after 23 years of service. The executive talent-management recruiter Korn/Ferry International will administer national search efforts for Castle's replacement. A search committee, assembled by OHA's Board of Trustees and chaired by Fairfield Medical Center president & CEO and OHA Board of Trustees Chair Mina Ubbing, will conduct the selection process for Castle's successor. Since 1989, Castle has led the work of the association, which now represents 166 hospitals and 16 health systems. [Read More]

TOLEDO, OH: St. Joe chooses new COO
A leadership change has a Toledo native pledging to make sure St. Joseph Hospital plays an active role in downtown-area revitalization. Officials announced the appointment of John Walsh to be COO at the medical center. He replaces Brandon Haushalter, who held the position on an interim basis before accepting the CEO post in March at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, which like St. Joseph is part of Lutheran Health Network. For the previous four years, Walsh has been CEO for Regency Long-Term Care Hospital in Toledo. He also was vice president of operations for Northlake Medical Center in Atlanta from 2001 to 2006. Walsh has a bachelor's degree from Georgia State University and a master's degree from Kennesaw State University. [Read More]

Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
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